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Drugs and Guns Seized After Grande Prairie Homes Searched

Grande Prairie… Two Grande Prairie homes were searched and an assortment of illicit drugs, firearms, and cash proceeds of crime were seized by ALERT.

ALERT Grande Prairie’s organized crime and gang team made the seizure on March 15, 2019, to conclude a short-term investigation. Grande Prairie RCMP provided assistance.

The seizure included drugs with an estimated street value of $50,000, and included:

  • 245 grams of cocaine;
  • 235 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 413 oxycodone pills;
  • 12 grams of heroin;
  • 1.3 litres of GHB;
  • 22 suspected steroid pills; and
  • $28,460 cash proceeds of crime.

A shotgun and rifle were also seized.

“Short-term, quick-hit investigations such as this speak to ALERT’s ability to translate criminal intelligence into viable enforcement action,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT.

Two people were arrested and face a total of 30 charges related to drug and firearms offences. Taylor Leslie, a 23-year-old woman, was released on bail, while Caiden MacKinnon, a 20-year-old man, remains in custody. MacKinnon faces multiple breach charges.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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